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I am truly sad to see that this is the only copy available of this "book."
Here is my review from December 2003:
"Trudi, a dwarf, is the town's storyteller who lives part of her life through turbulant, Nazi-torn Germany during the Second World War. Hegi takes us through Trudi's life from early on, showing how cruel life can sometimes be." If you can get a copy of the physical book, I suggest that you do. I give it a 9 out of 10.
This is a very heartfelt historical novel set in Germany in the years preceding, during and after World War II. It is told through the eyes of Trudi, a dwarf, living with her father in a pay-library. How she copes with her world. the things she does, and the things that are done to her make a very good read.
Whew! Made it through. I get what the author was trying to express: that most of us are similar on the inside, but that it’s very hard to be different on the outside; that we’re drawn to stories, which have the power to help or harm; that kindness and vindictiveness, heroism and cowardice often exist simultaneously in us and that our motivations to behave according to one or the other of those characteristics can shift easily depending on our feelings toward ourselves, others and the situation. But it took a lot of tenacity to get through what seemed like a lot of over-descriptive prose. The middle part of the book, which focuses on how people in the community react to the Nazi regime, was the most interesting, but it’s bookended by a long, slow start and a lackluster post-war wrap-up
A very interesting story. I wish the library had "Floating in My Mother's Palm".
I have just re-read this wonderful novel. ( It is about 10 years since I first read it. ) Amazing writing, but very accessible. Deeply moving.
An outstanding book - totally absorbing from start to finish - certainly one of of my all time favourites and one I will read again. Unfortunately it is about 5 years since I have read it so unable to comment factually on story but fortunate in that I have a real treat in store as a re-read
Trudi, a dwarf, is the town's storyteller who lives part of her life through turbulant, Nazi-torn Germany during the Second World War. Hegi takes us through Trudi's life from early on, showing how cruel life can sometimes be. (Dec 2003)